Industry update: Accidents involving equipment at work


 The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued an update on the accidents involving equipment at work. It is evident to note that the most common accidents involve fingers and arms being severed due to entrapment with machinery.

The reasons for these accidents appears to be a reoccurring theme which includes businesses not carrying out sufficient risk assessments which identify risks associated with the task, failure to provide and implement safe systems of work, failure to provide the necessary protective guards to machinery and inadequate staff training.

As we have noted in previous news articles, the impact of the Sentencing Guidance is being felt across numerous industries with fines now running in excess of £100k. In certain instances, prison terms are also being given to individuals. It is important to note that actual harm does not need to have occurred. The offence lies in not managing the risk.

Contact us if you require help with carrying out risk assessments to keep you and your business safe.



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